Interestment’s Top Four: Drummers that sing

Published: 9th Feb, 2009

Sorry Collins, no room at the inn

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the coolest area of a band. Is it around the frontman/woman? Or is it at the back with the mentalist thrashing around on the drums? One thing is for sure, wherever Phil Collins lays his hat, it isn’t there. And, Ringo couldn’t plump Lennon, Harrison, nor McCartney for cool points either. Some people, however, have managed to occupy the front of stage, and the back of house, and have sparkled in both areas. Here is a rundown of our favourite drummers-slash-singers…

1 Chaka Khan

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We all knew that Chaka Khan was a whole hunk of woman, with a voice so sharp and funky that it could cut through concrete, but who knew she could play the drums excellently as well? The perfect wife.

2. Mickey Dolenz

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He might not have been the best drummer of all time, but he was our favourite Monkee, and he voiced brilliant songs like Pleasant Valley Sunday, and (below) Mary Mary. Just don’t ask him to replicate Bonham or Moon, that’s all.

3. Marvin Gaye

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Before he became a superstar soul singer/junkie, Marvin Gaye was one of Motown‘s finest session drummers. He famously provided the beats for Please Mr Postman by The Marvelettes (below).

4. Dennis Wilson

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Like Dolenz, Dennis Wilson probably wouldn’t compete with the greats, especially as his brother Brian tended to look for session drummers to do his bits in the studio. But few were cooler, and when he stepped to the mic, he had a strangely fragile/moving voice for a big hairy superstud.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

2 Responses to Interestment’s Top Four: Drummers that sing

  1. Lottie says:

    Dave Grohl!

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